This update provides information on the protection environment in Somalia, including apparent violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law as reported during the last two weeks through the IASC Somalia Protection Cluster monitoring systems. Incidents mentioned in this report are not exhaustive. They are intended to highlight credible reports in order to inform and prompt programming and advocacy initiatives by the humanitarian community and national authorities.
Despite increased rainfall and the reduction in the famine-affected population to 250,000 people in November, increased insecurity due to military activities, and the reduction in access to humanitarian assistance1 in Al Shabaab controlled areas, the protection environment continues to exacerbate the already weakened protection situation during the final two weeks of the year. It is projected that food and other humanitarian assistance will be continue to be required for the better part of 2012 and that the stabilizing all of these factors will be critical for improving the humanitarian situation over the next year.